STEPS are to be taken to make the picnic area in Snaith inaccessible to travellers and their caravans.
Large concrete bollards are to be placed strategically around the site to hinder access.
The move comes after residents and local politicians complained about the state the site was left in after travellers with around ten caravans and associated vehicles had a recent two week stay at the beauty spot.
The travellers were in the area to attend the funeral of 15-year-old Carly Smith, who was tragically killed in a road accident on the A19 on August 13. Her funeral took place in Brayton on August 31.
Snaith East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor, John Barrett, said: “The travellers left the Snaith picnic beauty spot at the end of August and the clean up campaign commenced. East Riding Council have quickly cleaned up the rubbish around the site. The site under Carlton bridge will take a little longer due to it being used as a toilet and having tree cuttings and rubble dumped. The bridge struts can then be painted with anti-graffiti paint by North Yorkshire Council.
“The Environment Agency have now stepped in to offer assistance. Due to travellers degrading the river bank by leaving ponies on the bank and other equipment, the EA decided to offer to pay for materials to stop travellers using the area in future.”
He added that, as well as inhibiting access, the planned work could also aid Snaith’s flood defences.
He said: “Andrew Percy MP, Coun Caroline Fox and I have formed some close links with the Environment Agency whilst discussing flooding issues in the area. I spoke with EA officer Dale Penniston about the travellers on Ferry Lane.
“Dale in turn discussed it with other officers. As a result the EA have agreed to fund materials to place on Ferry Lane to try and prevent travellers setting up camp again and putting their ponies and other items on the river bank which helps to degrade it and lead to possible flooding. I am very grateful for this offer. Snaith and Cowick Town Council will hopefully make decisions on this at its next meeting.”
Andrew Percy MP said “Together with Caroline and John I have been have been working hard and having numerous talks with the Environment Agency regarding flooding issues on behalf of residents in the area. We are very fortunate that in order to try and stop further degradation of the river bank the EA have agreed to allow funds for this project. This may well prevent flooding in Snaith in the future.”
Coun Caroline Fox added: “Any kind of roadside caravans today are deemed by most people to be unacceptable. The old bow tops pulled by ponies in my childhood seem to be accepted. People never seem to mind – they would stay for maybe for a few weeks and move on. Some of the people on the road today are not the same.“
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